Archive for May, 2007

An eventful week

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I realize the blog has sort of been taken over by weddings, graduations and the like in recent days. It’s been a very eventful week in my world! But never fear, dear readers: this doesn’t signal a permanent transition away from “newsy” blog coverage to mostly personal blogging. At least, I don’t think it does! Admittedly, I never quite know what lies ahead with my own blog; it tends to evolve organically. But I fully intend to get back soon to blogging about newsy stuff more often. If nothing else, the onset of hurricane season will force that upon me. :)

Of course, with bar-exam study, and then starting a job, I’ll probably have less time for blogging than during law school, and the guestbloggers may play a larger role. We’ll see. As I said, this place tends to evolve on its own, without any master plan by yours truly. But I just wanted to reassure everyone that the recent trend toward a majority of posts being about personal stuff isn’t going to be the “new normal” here at BrendanLoy.com. There’s just been a whole lot going on in my life recently, and not a whole lot of time to blog about other stuff.

And another thing…

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Happy Birthday to Becky’s mom, Ginny!!! :)

(According to the timestamp, I should say Happy Belated Birthday… but it’s still May 27 in California, where I am, as I’m typing this. Hehe.)

El gran dia del Señor y Señora Long

Monday, May 28th, 2007

That’s “Mr. and Mrs. Long’s big day.” The Spanish title is, of course, a shout-out to Bea’s Colombian heritage, which was on full display at both the ceremony and reception… especially the latter, when a Colombian dance troupe performed (and ultimately invited the newlyweds onto the dance floor) in a surprise orchestrated by Bea’s parents:

That was fun, and it was a lovely wedding all-around. Here’s a cute shot of Becky and Andrew earlier in the day:

And here’s one of me and Becky, who coincidentally matched (my purple tie was for purposes of matching the bridesmaids’ dresses, but it also happened to match the purple lining of Becky’s dress):

By the way, that’s a black wrap she’s wearing around her arm — it’s not actually part of the dress. Just in case anyone was wondering.

Anyway, I’ll post a full wedding gallery later, but for now, a brief sampling of photo highlights is after the jump.

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Mr. & Mrs. Long

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Congrats, Andrew and Bea!

About to get started

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

It's a beautiful day in San Pedro, and promises to be a beautiful wedding.

Bachelor Party redux

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Andrew and two groomsmen, the Allsbrook brothers, goofing around with a half-hour till showtime.

The happy couple

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Bea & Andrew doing pre-wedding photos.

Heh.

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Study: 38 Percent Of People Not Actually Entitled To Their Opinion.

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Krause!

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Diane Huffman, with whom I’ve been friends almost literally since the womb, married Josh Krause yesterday in Wethersfield, Connecticut. I was sadly unable to make it, because I’m a groomsman in Andrew and Bea’s wedding in L.A. later today, and the flight schedules made it impossible to reliably make it to two weddings on two coasts in two days. But my mom sent me some photos, and it looks like it was lovely. Here’s one of the happy couple with Diane’s parents, Vicki and Tim, and brother Bill:

As you can see, Diane was a beautiful bride. Here are a couple more photos:

Congratulations, Diane & Josh!

Now, it’s your turn, Andrew & Bea! :)

Arr.

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Just watched Pirates 3. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

UPDATE: I’d write more, but Cinematical‘s review (warning: spoilers!) pretty much says everything I would have said. Spoiler-free money quote:

Sometimes the big-time franchise makers are damned if they do and damned if they don’t: Churn out a skimpy “Part 3” that just rehashes what was offered in Parts 1 & 2 and you’ve got something vaguely entertaining but clearly inferior like Shrek the Third. Try too hard to jam too many arbitrary plot threads and flimsy characters into your third entry and you’re stuck with a lurching behemoth like Spider-Man 3. And then you have the middle ground: The sprawling, gorgeous and massive adventure epic Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which while far from a flawless film, aims to stay faithful to its predecessors while still upping the ante (a lot) with a boat-load of new plot developments, characters and surprisingly nifty subtext. …

Yes, Pirates 3 has a few more plot-threads than it really needs. And yes, it’s probably a bit longer (168 minutes) than it really needs to be — but the bottom line is this: Once again, the Pirates series delivers the goods. In style and color, in character and adventure, in wit and weirdness … this movie delivers. I’ll make it even simpler: If you enjoyed Part 1 but thought Part 2 was over-plotted, overlong and over-kinetic, then you’ll feel the exact same way about Part 3. As an outspoken and very geeky fan of the first two chapters, however, I was pretty much dazzled by what World’s End has to offer, and I’m not just talking about the action, the effects and the mayhem. And if the flick’s got just a little too much fat on the bones, oh well. A bit too much is always better than not enough, if it’s me you’re asking.

Meanwhile, remind me never to pay attention to what Salon‘s Stephanie Zacharek thinks. She loved Spider-Man 3 but hated Pirates 3. I don’t know how that’s even possible, but I think it’s a sign of a reviewer who gives movies bonus points for having pretensions of seriousness, and/or deducts points for being unabashedly silly, without regard to the actual quality of what’s on screen. (Alas, she’s not alone, judging by the Rotten Tomatoes rankings: 61% for Spidey, 48% for Captain Jack. Yuck.)

P.S. After the jump, a spoileriffic question.

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Robbie’s excellent graduation-day adventure

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

I haven’t blogged about this previously because the past week has been so hectic… but Robbie had quite a day on Sunday, my graduation day. On our last full day in South Bend, we almost lost our dog!

The above picture was taken at 8:12 AM, as my parents, Becky and I were preparing to leave for the 9:30 “hooding” ceremony at the Basilica. Because of limited seating, we only had three tickets, so Becky’s parents were planning to stay at the apartment and keep packing up the Penske, then meet us for lunch at around 11:30. So, about 15 or 20 minutes after the picture was taken, we left for campus, while Ted, Ginny and the animals stayed behind.

Less than an hour later, as I was walking toward the law school to line up for the procession (my parents and Becky were en route to the Basilica), I noticed that I had voicemail on my cell phone, so I checked it. This is what I heard:


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The message had been left at 9:07 AM by a gentleman named Mark, who got my cell phone number from Robbie’s tag. He had found Robbie roaming free on Vernerlee Lane, which is about a half-mile from our apartment as the crow flies greyhound runs.

More details after the jump.

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Save Jericho?

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

A major fan campaign to bring back Jericho is underway. It’s unclear what will happen, but CBS is taking notice.

Gay flamingos pick up chick

Friday, May 25th, 2007

According to reports from a British conservation group, a pair of gay flamingos who have been together for six years have finally gotten what they have been trying for for years, a little egg to call their own. The two, Carlos and Fernando, have become surrogate parents for an egg that was abandoned.

Next thing you know, they’ll be wanting to get married! I wonder who the British version of Rick Santorum is…

Come to think of it, how do you tell that flamingos are gay anyway? I mean they are all pink to begin with!

Connecticut takes Best Buy to court over bait-and-switch

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Brendan’s recent positive experience with Best Buy notwithstanding, the store doesn’t have a reputation for being that good to consumers. A few months back, it came out that in at least some locations, Best Buy employees were using an internal website with prices different than those shown on Best Buy’s Internet site to scam customers into paying more for items than what they were originally advertised at. Suffice it to say, people were not pleased by this, and the state of Connecticut (or are you guys a commonwealth or something?) is taking Best Buy to court over this incredibly shady practice. Three cheers for the nutmeggers!

Eire: as count begins, bookies pay on Bertie

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Final (? :) Update, Sun. May 27: see Way Below.

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With the official tally just underway on the customary & commendable Irishtime schedule :) following yesterday’s Poblacht na hÉireann general election, the results are in for the punters:

The race to be the next Taoiseach is all over according to Paddy Power bookies, which has announced it is paying out on Bertie Ahern to fill the post.

The bookmaker’s Call is of course based on the Latest blight to arrive in Ireland from abroad: the Exit Poll ;> ~

Political parties are studying the results of an RTÉ exit poll which suggests that Fianna Fáil will win almost exactly the same share of the vote as in 2002, but that Fine Gael will increase its vote by around 4%.

The poll, carried out by Lansdowne Market Research, shows decreases in support for Labour and the PDs, while the Greens and Sinn Féin will be disappointed not to have made a major breakthrough.

The process of counting votes in the General Election is under way at 43 constituencies. Early tallies which are a strong indication of trends will be available by mid-morning.

First results are expected by mid-afternoon.

Whole thing. The polling is re First Preference votes only. Under Ireland’s very excellent :) Single Transferable Vote system, the “transfer votes” ~ occurring when your 1st Choice is eliminated and your Lesser ballot ranking(s) are added to a Survivor’s total in subsequent count(s) ~ can have a big impact on the final results.

Here’s a BBC take; and a couple of other BBC pieces, on life astride the Celtic Tiger in the little land that has become the Envy of all Europe :).

PM Ahern, by the way, despite his major role in Prodding & Cajoling them into making Peace & joining Government in the Six Counties, says his Fianna Fáil will not Coalesce with Sinn Féin in governance of the Republic.

For those who wish to join me in breathlessly following the returns as they creep in :) here’s the Radio Telefís Éireann election 2007 main page.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m. EDT: Taoiseach Bertie Ahern looks on pace for a 3rd term, though the identity of Fianna Fáil’s prospective coalition partner(s) is less clear. Here’s an auto-updating summary of the declared national results.

Also quite significantly, the Toilets are open again at the vote-counting centre for the Wicklow district:

…However due to a scare over water contamination, there is no drinking water available…

It was understood a tanker was en route to provide drinking water…

Drinking? Water? Shudder… :)

UPDATE 2, 1:00 a.m. EDT: With counting complete in 34 of the 43 constituencies, for 145 out of the 166 Dáil seats, Bertie Ahern’s Fianna Fáil (translation, Soldiers of Destiny :) has taken 72, to a combined total of 73 for all other parties and independents. / The Transfer votes in the 21 seats remaining Undeclared will tell the Tale.

UPDATE 3, Sun. May 27 4:30 a.m. EDT:

With all 166 seats Declared, Fianna Fáil wins 78 to an aggregate 88 for all others. Breakdown:

Fianna Fáil 78
Fine Gael 51
Labour 20
Progressive Democrats 2
Green Party 6
Sinn Féin 4
Others 5

Bertie Ahern is now Cogitating over with Whom to coalesce for to Get to Eighty-Four and a Government. / Evidently it can’t be #2 Fine Gael (which made a Big comeback in this election), since they are the core of the present-day center-left Opposition and (oddly) also the political descendant of the ancestral Pro-Partition Foe in the unCivil-War Troubles of the 1920’s. / And apparently, as well as somewhat Paradoxically, the hard-socialist Sinn Féin (whose showing was distinctly Disappointing) can’t be a Partner either, since Bertie has ruled that option Out despite his Coaxing & Bullying of SF into Participation in Peaceful nonParamilitary Politics in the North. / But, it seems, all Other options are on the Table in The Repooblich. :>